Wilber’s BBQ, Goldsboro, North Carolina

We all stopped at Wilber’s on our drive home from a week at the beach at Pine Knoll Shores. Nancy, Liza, and I are old hands at Wilber’s. We used to go there on every beach trip after a first lunch at Parker’s. But Wilber’s was new to Michael, Ella, and Lily. We veterans were eager to show it off. Early in 2019 I learned … Continue reading Wilber’s BBQ, Goldsboro, North Carolina

Sid’s Catering, Beulaville, North Carolina

The first thing you do when you go to Sid’s is drive past it. It’s on a street of single family brick houses with nothing but an unassuming sign about two feet square in the middle of the big front yard to mark its location. It’s that white sign in the middle of the yard. It turns out that there’s a sharp turn into a … Continue reading Sid’s Catering, Beulaville, North Carolina

The Captain’s Kitchen Shrimpburger: The Greatest Of All Time

It’s no contest any more. The Captain’s Kitchen serves the Greatest Shrimpburgers Of All Time. The Captain has held the coveted Shrimpburger Championship without serious challenge since 2018, when I first learned of it from nephews Jimbo and Henry Tanner. I’d been searching for the best shrimpburger for years, so I rushed right over. I’d found the best. You’ll recall this comparison from my 2018 … Continue reading The Captain’s Kitchen Shrimpburger: The Greatest Of All Time

Ten Best Barbecue Places in Virginia

There was a time when candidates for office in Virginia wooed Virginia voters with barbecue, beer, and brandy. The voters wisely elected people like Washington, Madison, and Monroe. But where are the barbecues of yesteryear? By the late 20th century, when I moved to Washington, what little “barbecue” there was seemed to be cooked in ovens or crock pots, hardly a diet for another generation … Continue reading Ten Best Barbecue Places in Virginia

Flo’s Kitchen, Wilson, North Carolina

I love my Marty’s-supporting cousins and I love Parker’s, but the main reason I went to Wilson was so I could go to Flo’s Kitchen for breakfast. I’ve heard about it for years. The last time I tried they’d decided to go on vacation without consulting me, and I wound up driving over to the Oak Level Cafe, which turned out to be a great … Continue reading Flo’s Kitchen, Wilson, North Carolina

The Ten Best Eastern North Carolina Barbecue Places

Before I give you the list a little background is in order. The demise of Rick’s and Smileys, two grand North Carolina Piedmont barbecue places, has weighed on my spirit. Then a new horror arose, and prompted me to doff my sackcloth and ashes, and write this post. I will get to the list, I promise, but bear with me for a few paragraphs. I … Continue reading The Ten Best Eastern North Carolina Barbecue Places

Marshall’s Restaurant, Frigate Bay, St Kitts

This man is a magician. Verral Marshall came to St. Kitts, got a job as a personal chef, and started a poolside cafe that morphed, as below, and expanded it into the Marshall’s of today. Well may you ask, just what is that? I’ll tell you. Sit back. Relax. Grab a beverage. Put your feet up. Imagine that you are high on a hill, in … Continue reading Marshall’s Restaurant, Frigate Bay, St Kitts

Marriott Crystal Shores, Marco Island, Florida

On this trip to Marco Island, we stayed, as we have in past years, at the Marriott Crystal Shores. Here’s the property from the 300 square foot balcony/lanai of our unit, or villa — The villas directly on the beach are pricier, but we prefer the view down the pools, with an opposite view over the islands. You can catch the sun setting over the … Continue reading Marriott Crystal Shores, Marco Island, Florida

Stan’s Idle Hour, Goodland, Florida

Stan’s Idle Hour is a Southwest Florida institution. It’s in Goodland, the fishing village that provides the fresh fish that makes dining in Marco Island such a pleasure, and nowhere is the fish fresher than at Stan’s. And Stan’s almost always has live entertainment. Sunday afternoons are amazing. Stan’s sets up a bunch of additional bars and the place is flooded with hundreds, at times … Continue reading Stan’s Idle Hour, Goodland, Florida

La Bise, Washington, DC

Nancy and I ventured into the wilds of downtown Washington for dinner, and what a dinner it was. As part of my extended birthday celebration, Nancy took me for dinner to La Bise. It had been recommended by Lisa and Frank McAuliffe, and you can take their recommendations to the bank. La Bise is in downtown Washington, just across Lafayette Park from the White House … Continue reading La Bise, Washington, DC